Anat Shechter-Twina was raised in Petach Tikva, Israel. She is 7th generation Israeli and the great granddaughter of Dr Menachem Stein, the first Jewish doctor in Israel, co-founder of Neveh Tzedek, founder of the first Hebrew school, kindergarten and hospital in Israel and member of the 22 Biluyim (The first Zionist group to make Aliyah to Israel in 1882). After completing her IDF service, Anat was sent in 1995 as a Betar/Community Shlicha to QLD by the Jewish Agency and served there for a term of 3 years. Before returning to Australia in 2005, she worked in Israel as the spokesperson for the Israeli Heritage Society. To maintain her passion for writing, she writes travel features from the Asia Pacific region to the Travel Section of Israel’s largest daily newspaper, Yedioth Acharonot. Anat has a BA in Archeology and Jewish History from Hebrew University and a MA in Communications specialising in public relations from Bond University. Currently Anat works as the Executive Director of WIZO NSW.